Eagles training camp notes
BETHLEHEM, Pa—The Philadelphia Eagles kicked off day three of training camp at Lehigh University Thursday morning amid overcast skies and humid weather, with the occasional light rainfall. Thursday’s schedule included a morning practice that got underway just before 8:45am eastern. There is no practice scheduled for Thursday afternoon.
1. Starting quarterback Kevin Kolb and veteran backup Michael Vick had the day off, which gave rookie Mike Kafka (Northwestern, 4th round) the opportunity to handle all of the reps. Kafka threw a nice spiral and displayed good accuracy during 7 on 7 drills against the defense, but the rookie was never forced to make any decisions under pressure as the Eagles didn’t go 11 on 11 on Thursday.
2. Speaking of 7 on 7s, Kafka spent the majority of the period throwing short, intermediate passing routes to wide receivers Riley Cooper (Florida), Jordan Norwood (Penn State), Dobson Collins (Gardner-Webb), Chad Hall (Air Force) and Blue Cooper (Tennessee-Chatanooga), as well as tight ends Cornelius Ingram (Florida) and Clay Harbor (Missouri State). He only took one deep shot down the field, which came up incomplete when CB David Pender (Purdue) broke up a fade that was intended for Collins.
3. One of the highlights of the morning session was the 1 on 1s between the offensive and defensive linemen. Offensive line coach Juan Castillo could be heard yelling from all over the field as he was trying to get his players to increase the intensity levels. Rookie DT Jeff Owens (Georgia, 7th round) stood out with a good showing. You could hear the facemasks and helmets smashing into each other from 50 yards away.
4. The Eagles offense found the end zone three times against the defense during the red zone 7 on 7 period. Two scores came from the 10-yard line, while the last play of the period was a conversion from the 5-yard line. Kafka threw just one interception all morning, which occurred after a tipped pass was picked off by rookie safety Ryan Hamilton (Vanderbilt).
5. The remaining veterans reported to camp today and will participate in their first practice tomorrow at 3:30pm eastern in a session that is closed to the public.
6. The Eagles worked out veteran wide receiver Kelley Washington and rookie wideout Jared Page this morning. Washington appeared in 15 games with the Baltimore Ravens in 2009, while Page wrapped up his senior season at Missouri.
7. Despite the fact that football season is almost upon us, you couldn’t help but overhear the abundance of fans in attendance talking about outfielder Domonic Brown’s debut with the Phillies last night. Brown went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and two runs in Philadelphia’s 7-1 win over Arizona.
8. Former Eagles running back Duce Staley is still a favorite among the Philly faithful, as you could hear a few “Duuuuuuce” calls from the fans Thursday morning. Staley is currently working with the running backs.
9. The next practice that will be open to the public takes place this Saturday at 8:15am eastern.
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